Emma Raducanu news: Fellow Brit Harriet Dart has warm words for the US Open champion
Emma Raducanu is about to embark on her Mexican adventure as she’s set to play two WTA 250 events in the country, the Abierto Zapopan in Guadalajara and the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey, and she’s been given some encouraging words before she steps out on court.
Fellow Brit Harriet Dart, who is best known for reaching the 2021 Wimbledon mixed doubles final with Joe Salisbury, has passed on her advice and support to the 19-year-old sensation.
The world No 124 played in both of these competitions last year for the first time, so she knows exactly what Raducanu will be facing this week.
Guadalajara golden hour ☺️ happy with the work being done👐🐛 pic.twitter.com/9BTQnCkobG
— Emma Raducanu (@EmmaRaducanu) February 19, 2022
“It’s incredibly hard to play there because of the altitude, the balls fly – conditions are very different, but it’s an incredibly warm and really nice tournament, it’s got a similar vibe to Indian Wells which they nickname tennis paradise,” the 25-year-old explained.
“You’re still competing against the best players in the world – I think for Emma being a newbie, it’s great, all these tournaments will be new places that she probably has never been to.
“She’s just embracing all the new challenges, I think she’ll adapt really well.”
The last time the US Open champion was seen on court competitively was at the Australian Open where she bowed out at the second round after losing to Danka Kovinic, fighting pain from blisters on her hands during the whole match.
Before that she lost in her opening round at the Sydney Tennis Classic warm-up event for the Grand Slam, so her break to Singapore to train and unwind after she left the Happy Slam was very much needed.
But now she’s back and ready to compete in Mexico and continue her first ever full season on the WTA Tour.
She faces Daria Saville from Australia in the first round of the Abierto Zapopan tomorrow.
The Abierto Zapopan started on February 21 and finishes up on February 27, while her next tournament, the Abierto GNP Seguros kicks off on February 28 and concludes on March 6.
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